Berlin Longitudinal Children Study

For the Berlin Longitudinal Children Study (LCS), the Institute of Medical Psychology has monitored around 120 children aged 3-5 years over a period of two years and documented their development.

The aim of the Berlin LCS was to determine which processes in the brain and in the body mediate the Impact of positive and adverse childhood experiences, as these experiences have a long-term impact on mental development and physical health.

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About the Berlin Longitudinal Children Study (LCS)

Early-life stress (ELS) determines our mental and physical development and health. The Berlin LCS aims to investigate the neuronal and physical mechanisms that contribute to the trajectories of ELS. Therefore, the investigators of the Institute of Medical Psychology compared children with and without ELS that were 3 – 5 years of age.

The results will give new insights in prevention, assessment and therapy of ELS trajectories in order to enable a healthy development of children.

The Institute of Medical Psychology thanks all children and parents for participating in the Berlin LCS. In 2017 the scientific team of Prof. Dr. Heim will analyze the collected data and aims to publish the results in 2018. 

Project duration

2014 – 2016


The study was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Contact the team of the study

Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Christine Heim

 +49 30 450 629 227